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So you’d like to play with servo motor control would you? Well hopefully you’ve come to the right place and we’ll actually be able to learn you a thing or two. In this next segment we’re going to learn about some of the internals of an old inkjet printer and how to recycle it to serve our purposes. This is obviously part 2 of the series, where you’ll strip down the printer and prepare it for integration with EMC2.

Click to continue reading “Tutorial: Use an Old Inkjet Printer to Learn Servo Motor Control With EMC2 – Part 2″

So again I wanted to work on putting together the next piece in the EMC2 Servo lab series tonight only to thwart myself.  I shot a bunch of pictures last night with my newly rehabilitated camera. When I sat down today my iPhoto library was kinda corrupted so I decided to rebuild it.  Well right there I lost about 3 hours of access to my pics so I decided to play around a bit with iMovie instead as I know I’ll want to include some video later on, so here’s a quick demo of my apparatus cycling.

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Well I’d planned on spending the evening snapping pics and scratching out the next part in the inkjet and servo lab series, but when I pulled my trusty Olympus SP-350 out of the backpack, I discovered it made some odd grinding noises, extended and retracted the lens a couple times eventually displaying “Zoom Error” on the screen. ARGH!!!

Click to continue reading “Because caucasians are too damn tall…”

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Click to continue reading “DIY Underwater Video Housing”

pins8lHere’s one of my early projects done while the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team were winning the gold medal in 2002 with the use of my 7×12 minilathe from Grizzly.

These are nesting pin pushers for a couple types of electrical connectors I was using commonly at the time. They combine together into a nondescript brass rod to carry in a pocket.

Click to continue reading “Pin Pushers”

facepass2This was written way back in early 2002. I have a whole new stash of goodies to apply to a mill/drill when I have a little bit of coin and time to throw at it, but as you can see, it’s not too hard to bang out a very small machine to play with.

Click to continue reading “My First CNC Machine”

This is a 5 part collection of photos from various industrial machines I’ve built and/or serviced over the years.

Click to continue reading “Geometrized Automata”

image002I originally wrote this as an article in August 2004 for Etobicoke Underwater Club’s newsletter Fins Below.  This was just after finding the club and realizing what it could do to improve my (to date) failing scuba diving career.  I thought this might be a fun first post, though the writing style feels a little immature to look back on it, I decided to preserve it more or less for posterity.

Pausing at a safety stop on the Niagara II
– Photo Gillian Ord

Click to continue reading “Up to the Gunwales With Gear”

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